George F Work


BirthMarch 1, 1839
DeathDec. 4, 1937
CemeteryParkview (Hastings)
PostStrickland (Hastings)
Unit60th United States Colored Troops, Co E

Captain George F Work

Company B, 5th Iowa Infantry

Company E, 60th United States Colored Troops

Work was born in Harrison County, Ohio on March 1, 1839. He enlisted in the regiment on June 24, 1861 and was mustered on July 15, 1861. Work served about 2 years and 2 months with the 5th Iowa Infantry. Work was promoted to corporal on November 24, 1861. He was discharged on September 24, 1863 and commissioned as a captain in the 60th United States Colored Troops. He served about 2 years and 1 month before his discharge on October 15, 1865 at Duvall’s Bluff, Arkansas.

The 5th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Burlington, Iowa on July 15, 1861. During his enlistment, the unit fought in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).

Battle of Iuka (MS) (September 19, 1862). Regimental losses were 37 killed, 176 wounded, and 2 captured or missing. Work was one of the wounded soldiers. The nature and his recovery time from his wound was not available.

Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863). Regimental losses were 16 killed, 69 wounded, and 2 captured.

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).

The 60th United States Colored Infantry was organized March 11, 1864 from the 1st Iowa Colored Infantry. The unit was assigned to post and garrison duty at Helena, Arkansas until April 1865. The regiment was moved to Little Rock and remained there until August 1865. It was mustered out on October 15, 1865 at Duvall’s Bluff, Arkansas.

Work died on December 4, 1937 at the age of 98 years. He is buried in the Parkview Cemetery in Hastings (Adams County), Nebraska. Work was a member of the Strickland Post (#13) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Hastings.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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